Legal requirement coming for golf clubs that spray products

12 April 2022 Announcement

Golf clubs required to act now to prevent prosecution.

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If your business uses plant protection products in Great Britain in a professional capacity, you are legally required to appear on a central register by 22 June 2022. This includes golf facilities and applies to all organisations, no matter your size or business structure.

The requirement is governed by the Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2020 (OCR) and failure to register is breaking the law. This legal requirement is being backed up by increased inspections and will be enforced.

This requirement applies to golf clubs and action is needed now. Further information on how to register is on the HSE website, where you will be directed to download the appropriate form. The form requires you to provide general information on your business, how you work with plant protection products or adjuvants and all the quantities involved.

Form to register as a user of professional PPPs and adjuvants


Once completed, save the spreadsheet and send it as an attachment by email to [email protected]

If your business produces, manufactures, process, imports, distributes, sells, manufactures or otherwise places pesticides or components on the market, you were required to register using a separate form by 22 September 2021. If you believe your business is in this category and has not yet registered, be aware that you are operating outside the law and need to take immediate action.

In Northern Ireland, OCR is being applied but with with different timescales. An online registration is available for suppliers of plant protection products and adjuvants, which should have been completed by March 2022. Further information on registration for users is yet to be released.

This information was produced by the Amenity Forum.


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Karl Hansell
BIGGA | Communications Manager

Karl has been head of communications for BIGGA since March 2016. His duties include editing the monthly Greenkeeper International magazine, in addition to other communications activities for the association.


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